Delphique 2014 – Highlights

The 18th edition of MDI’s flagship National Management Convention, Delphique, was held between 21st and 23rd November, 2014. The three day convention is a confluence of three events – The Knowledge Panel discussions, Vincenza –A Business Plan competition cum mentorship programme and Cerebro – A National case study competition.

Delphique 2014-15 got extensive corporate participation from knowledge partners such as HFE, Western Union, E&Y, Michael Page, Encyclopaedia Britannica, ZS, Coca-Cola etc. With topics ranging from the benchmarking of best HR processes to leveraging social media to raise funds for ‘support my School’ campaign, the presentations of student research and the subsequent discussions by industry practitioners redefined our points of view. Industry stalwarts from BCG, GE, Ernst & Young, Facebook, Axis Capital, JWT, AON Hewitt, Aricent, AbsolutData, Times OOH and Group M discussed on the research topics and the issues faced by the industry. The case study competition Cerebro partnered with Cognizant with a case on Tesco PLC: Strategy for India. It saw participation from over 300 teams and finally MICA and MDI Gurgaon bagged the top two positions respectively. The b-plan competition Vincenza partnered with Indian Angel Network, 91 Springboard and Sternfisher. The competition received over 100 submissions and saw MDI bagging the first position.

The convention also witnessed support from giants like Jindal Power, Dabur, Coca-Cola and Sattviko. It got extensive coverage in Hindustan Times, Hindu Business Line and Business World. Other media partners such as Impact, MBAclubindia, Twenty19, Knowafest and CoolAvenues also covered the event.

The inauguration was presided over by Prof. C.P Shrimali (Director) and Chief Guest – Mr Manoj Kohli, MD Bharti Enterprises and Chairperson, Public Policy Committee of GSM Association. In his inaugural speech, Mr. Kohli suggested the students to have a global view adapting to the changes around the globe. “If you miss a beat, sustainability in the changing economy will be difficult. To keep pace with the changes and challenges,
we have to be agile and self-motivated.” While addressing the students, Prof Shrimali emphasised the social relevance of management education in today’s time. “The basic foundation should be knowledge creation and action oriented research. The students should actively contribute towards the betterment of society,” he said.